Vancouver based artist Kevin Krebs who is known through his Notype.com & Nishi output is known for working on a very own kind of sound exploration and searching for the yet most exciting frequencies between the various radiostations out there on earth. "Solar Cycle" creates a very cold and inhuman atmosphere, partly post-nuclear when the test signals in "A Perfectly Reflecting Earth" evoke. Through the continued slightly distorted whitenoise Kevin unfolds his advanced beatshuffling with merging layers and bits of radio signals with sinesaws and delayed DSP fx. The imagery of wasteland is pervasively reflected in the calm pieces of this album, for example through the incomplete transmissions in "A Layer Of Silence" and "11075 kHz". This album has a filmic touch i think and is best listened to when having an evening with "The Andromeda Strain" or "The Day After".
More reviews of "Solar Cycle 23" and more of his granulations can be found on Kevins personal homepage (http://www.833-45.net)
Please use a gapless output/crossfading plugin when listening to "Solar Cycle 23". Output plugins for Winamp can be found at http://www.winamp.com
March 22, 2011 Subject:
I have never been as excited or enthusiastic about an album that I downloaded, as I am this one. I'm a ham operator, and, before that I was an avid shortwave listener and AM broadcast DX'er. This LP has everything I love. SW signals, stereo & binaural effects. Great for headphones and riding the sound waves, but, I also plan to listen to it in my truck. TNX a million to 833-45!! Please don't stop. Padge.
originally self-released on a CDr in 1999 by 833-45 (aka Kevin M Krebs). rereleased as a free mp3 download by dub techno netlable Thinner's ambient sublabel Autoplate in 2002. Autoplate's catalogue extends from 2001-2008, when the netlabel closed operations (so the folks behind Thinner could focus more on their flagship label). AP hosted releases from normal music (fukkgod), move d, off the sky, and slow, all innovators in the field of glitch and ambient sounds.
833-45's contribution to Autoplates 50 release catalogue is no less groundbreaking than his peers. kevin uses a mix of field and shortwave recs, with heavy use of oscillated filtering. the results are a crackling white noise, lulled by monolithic drones and squeeling sine waves. at times it sounds like the fire of a solar flare via radio frequencies. ring modulated cb communications add spooky indecipherable conversation into the background. at times IDM inspired beats jump into life, which tie into looped segments of audio, giving a percussive force to shortwave native noise phenomenon.
as a whole this album touches on a huge range of contemporary electronic forms from the era, it is indeed ambitious. in the ways that Solar Cycle 23 is broad, it is also equally coherent and compelling. electro acoustic noise, cb radio studies, noisey minimal techno beats, drone, glitch. it is groovy enough for those who are faint of heart when it comes to noise, and abstract enough from the chin stroking techno crowd. for fans of stockhausen, throbbing gristle, mid 90's warp reocords and raster-noton.
what are you waiting for?! download this now!!
September 10, 2005 Subject:
Experimentell und abgedreht
Viel hartes Rauschen kommt einem da entgegen, experimentell und abgedreht, aber auf seine Art und Weise durchaus ambient. Die Grundlage bilden Radiowellen, zusammengestellt und mit Effekten manipuliert, durch synthetische Klänge erweitert und ergänzt. Nahezu alle Lieder sind rhythmuslos, und rauschende Radiosignale dominieren das komplette Album hindurch. Ein Klangerlebnis, dem ich gerne zugehört habe.
Einziger Wermutstropfen, der aber nicht in die Berwertung einfließt, ist die Wahl des Audio-Formats. Da das komplette Album zwar in Lieder unterteilt, aber dennoch ein durchgehendes Werk ist, wurde mit MP3 eine schlechte Wahl getroffen. Lückenlose Formate wie OGG Vorbis währen wünschenswert gewesen. Das gilt leider auch für andere Veröffentlichungen Krebs'.